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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Technology Report: Alibaba's results affirm growth, but margins slide

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Alibaba's results affirm growth, but margins slide
BEIJING (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's e-commerce and mobile businesses surged in the September quarter, far outpacing its rivals' and glossing over weakening margins and decelerating earnings growth.
Facebook says government requests for user data rises 24 percent
(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said requests by governments for user information rose by about a quarter in the first half of 2014 over the second half of last year.
Microsoft partners with Dropbox for online file-sharing
(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said it teamed up with online file-sharing company Dropbox Inc to allow Office software users to manage and share files through Dropbox's website and mobile app.
EU official criticizes Google meetings on right to be forgotten ruling
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A senior EU official criticized a series of public meetings held in Europe by Google on a landmark court ruling on the "right to be forgotten", saying the meetings were part of lobbying efforts against EU data protection rules.
Entrepreneur, 13, gets Intel funding for low-cost Braille printer
HUNTINGTON BEACH Calif. (Reuters) - If Shubham Banerjee cannot lay claim to being the world's youngest venture capital-backed entrepreneur, he comes very close.
U.S. appeals court grills opponents of NSA phone data collection
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday grilled opponents of the U.S. government program that collects millions of Americans' phone records, casting doubt on whether it would uphold a lower court ruling that found the program was likely unlawful.
British spy chief demands more access to Twitter, Facebook to thwart attacks
LONDON (Reuters) - Twitter and Facebook are so important to militant groups that the technology giants should give security services greater access to their networks to allow governments to foil attacks, the head of Britain's eavesdropping agency said.
Disney cloud movie service adds Google Play purchases
(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co said its cloud-based movie service will expand to include purchases made through the Google Play online store, the latest in a string of moves by Hollywood studios to encourage digital ownership.
China's Xiaomi to invest $1 billion to expand internet TV content
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Xiaomi Technology Co Ltd [XTC.UL] said on Tuesday it would spend $1 billion to expand its internet TV content as the world's third largest smartphone maker ramps up its push into the living room, and a market estimated to be worth $3 billion.
Banks to launch new tool to fight hackers: WSJ
(Reuters) - A group of cybersecurity firms funded by big banks plan to launch a platform that will allow financial companies to communicate faster about potential cyber breaches, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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